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04-16-2021 02:28 AM

Good Evening Everyone…
Here is the deal. I find myself sanding large table tops and different items as such. Id like to find a better and faster way of sanding. All I use now is a belt sander and 5” orbital. Had anyone ever used a sheet rock sander on wood? I’d like to get something with at least an 8” pad. I guess one of my main qualms is trying to stay under $100. Any suggestions?

-- PapaP

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#1 posted 04-16-2021 04:23 PM

You’re asking the impossible.

What makes you think you can manually / hand sand something faster than with an orbital sander ?

If you’re doing a lot of table tops , time to invest in some equipment. A dual model sander like the Bosch GET75-6 will allow you to replace your belt sander and also do finish sanding. Though, it’s not really well suited to finish because it needs two hands.

A vacuum to attach to your sanders will also speed your process up as well as vice you a better finish.

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#2 posted 04-16-2021 04:25 PM

If its taking super long to sand I would question your prep work and glue up processes.

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#3 posted 04-16-2021 05:29 PM

Have you ever tried a card scraper?

Certainly would meet your cost requirement.

Properly sharpened and used, it would also speed the process and reduce your need for powered equipment.

I use mine mainly to remove mill marks on the surface and, depending on the piece, it’s ready for finish without sanding.

-- Ray

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#4 posted 04-16-2021 06:38 PM

You can sand in theory about 30% faster with a 6” orbital sander. Ridgid sells one for about $100

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#5 posted 04-16-2021 07:03 PM

I would never trust myself with a belt sander on a table top.

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#6 posted 04-16-2021 09:10 PM

Another vote for the Bosch 6 inch sander. Less vibration to your hands than most.
But that is for final smoothing. I won’t give up my long boards with PSA. Of course, if you get it flat with the long boards, then move to the scraper. Better finish as it leaves the grain open.

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#7 posted 04-16-2021 09:47 PM

If you really want to sand panels, a drum sander is a fantastic way of sanding panels. Slightly more than your budget. :)

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